About The New AIA|LA Design Awards, the Common App, and the Best of the Millennium Awards
Now, more than ever, people and planet require design that fosters a more livable world.
The New AIA|LA Design Awards look to the future through changes to previous years’ categories in order to recognize the importance of design excellence that addresses planetary challenges. These changes celebrate work that nurtures quality of life; halts or reverses climate change; and are designed in respect for the natural world. Because, if there is a singular lesson from 2020, it is that ultimately nature is more powerful than human.
These values are recognized through the synthesis of the Design Awards and what were previously AIA|LA COTE Awards. This year, rather than two separate categories, Design Awards submissions will include the Common Application or “common app,” a national sustainability criteria that consists of predominantly Yes/No questions. We become the first local Chapter to do so.
The NEXT LA Awards return to the annual program, this year including the Common App as well, but a new category is also in the mix—if only for this year; “Best of the Millennium” will honor the Best of the Best work in the last twenty years and is open, only, to previous design award winners (as in the built-project category) from the years 2000 – 2019.
These forward leaning categories are accompanied by flashback pricing, a cost decrease of $50 during early bird registration. We haven’t offered this price for a number of years.
One last change: all registration and project submissions will be done on the Submittable website, this year. So…
1) Read information about the New AIA|LA Design Awards (including CFEs and Submission Requirements) below (on our site).
2) Pay for Registration, and later on Submit, on Submittable.
(We’ve repeated these links below in pertinent places)
Finally, we understand this is a challenging time for architects. We are monitoring our architecture community and will continue to do so through our awards program season. As we learn new information, we will make adjustments to the Design Awards process and associated events as necessary.
For more info scroll down.
Registration Opens/ Tues. April 14
Early Bird Closes /
Thurs. May 7
+Extended until May 15 (11:59PM PDT)
Regular Pricing Closes /
Thurs. May 21 (11:59PM PDT)
+Extended until May 29 (11:59PM PDT)
Registration/Late Pricing Closes / Fri. June 12 (11:59PM PDT)
Submissions Due/ Fri. August 7 (11:59PM PDT)
Jury Day / Fri. September 18
Sponsorship Deadline / TBA
Awards Ceremony / TBA
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Design Awards Jury
+ Tom Kundig, FAIA – Olson Kundig (Seattle, Washington)
+ Thomas Robinson, AIA – LEVER (Portland, Oregon)
+ Final Juror from Mexico to be confirmed
Millennium Category Jury
+ Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, FAIA – Dean, School of Architecture,
Woodbury University (Los Angeles, CA)
+ Martino Stierli – Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art (NY, New York)
In the process of being confirmed:
+ A celebrated journalist with a national reach.
+ Michael Fox, AIA – Foxily (San Clemente, CA)
+ David Hertz, FAIA – Studio EA (Los Angeles, CA)
+ Final jury member in the process of being confirmed is based in Vancouver, BC
1) Call for Entries includes Projects qualifying for the following categories;
Design Awards – built work in Los Angeles or by Los Angeles architects*
NEXT LA – unbuilt work in Los Angeles or by Los Angeles architects*
Best of the Millennium – Best of the Best selected from previous winners of Design Awards (built projects) from the years 2000 – 2019.
2) Download the Call for Entries.
After registration closes, registrants will receive an “additional entry form” from submittable.com, which is essentially a link by which to submit all required materials and information for your project.
Please review the submission requirements and submission template below to identify what needs to be submitted for your entry:
Please find below helpful documents to assist with the Common App, which is required for the Design Awards and Next LA Categories:
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
for the New AIA|LA Design Awards